- Issue 14: Thursday 12th September 2019
Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETITIONS
This week, we have held the Stage Finals for our Public Speaking competition. The competition requires students to present a prepared speech followed by an impromptu speech where students are given a topic with only five minutes to prepare the speech. The quality of all speeches has been outstanding with our finalists performing very well. Our Stage winners and runners up are:
Winner- Lily Bui KS
Runner Up- Mason Lu KV
Winner- Vincent Nguyen 2J
Runner Up- Adalene Paiena 1S
Winner- Solina Sar 4Z
Runner Up- Mikayla Lin 4K
Winner- Justin Trung Nguyen 5/6C
Runner up- Annabel Huor 5/6N
The winners will now compete against students from other schools at the Zone level. We wish them well for this next competition.
AVALON PUBLIC SCHOOL BAND PERFORMANCE
Yesterday, Stage 2 and 3 students and staff were treated to a fantastic performance by the Avalon Public School Concert Band. There were 40 students from Years 4, 5 and 6 who played a range of instruments, such as trumpets, clarinets, saxophones, trombones, guitars, drums and flutes. The band played lots of tunes which our children enjoyed, such as The Lion King and How to Tame a Dragon. Our Year 6 students will visit their pen pals at Avalon next term.
Next week, we will receive the individual letters listing the results of the Years 3 and 5 NAPLAN test which students did in May. These will be distributed to families during the week. Once again, our school has done very well in NAPLAN compared to other schools. We have also noticed an improvement in overall results from previous years with more students achieving better results in each of the bands. NAPLAN provides us with valuable information which shows our students’ strengths and areas for improvement. This information, along with the usual assessments and other information our teachers collect, help our teachers to plan lessons which address the areas for improvement.
It was great to see many of our families attend our Term 3 interviews this week. It is important for parents and carers to find out how their children are progressing at school. The interview and reports give you a regular update on students’ strengths and areas for improvement. My special thanks to the teachers for their preparation and dedication to meet with many parents and carers before and after school.
Last week, Mr Nile accompanied some of our best mathematicians to participate in the Maths Cup which is an interschool competition to find the best students. While we didn’t win the competition, we performed very well. Thank you to the students and Mr Nile.
RUGBY LEAGUE COACHING SESSIONS
Many of our classes participated a free training sessions provided by the NRL to learn some of the skills required to play Rugby League. These session were led by Marshall from the Parramatta Eels Rugby League club.
ZONE AND REGIONAL ATHLETICS CARNIVALS
Last Monday, many of our students represented our school at the Lansdowne Zone Athletics Carnival. Sixteen of our athletes have gone on to represent the Lansdowne Zone at the Regional Carnival today. We wish them well.
The SRC and P and C are investigating the safety of the crossing at the Cabramatta Rd and Cumberland St lights. This is a dangerous crossing and we ask you to take extra care when using it. To help keep the crossing safe, we have three teachers on duty every afternoon. The SRC and P and C are going to be requesting the Roads and Maritime Service to change the crossing to one where all traffic stops to allow pedestrians to cross diagonally. If you have experiences at this crossing which you consider to be unsafe, could you please inform a teacher on duty. We have also requested a Crossing Supervisor for the Cumberland St Pedestrian Crossing. We are now on a waiting list for this service.
GET READY FOR ‘WONDERLAND’
Over 150 of our students have been very busy during the last few weeks rehearsing with our staff for our annual production, which this year will be the story of Alice in Wonderland. Tickets are now on sale with performances being held during the last week of this term. I hope to see you at one of the shows.
Cabramatta's Sacred Stones
Aboriginal people believe in their deep connection to the land. They believe that the land was created by their ancestors. One way that Aboriginal people remain connected to the land is to represent the elements of the land through Art.
One artistic medium is stone painting. The following stones have been designed and painted by students to represent the Cabramatta Creek and the worm-like shellfish called “cabro” which live in the local waterways. “Cabro” were an important part of the diet of the local Cabrogal clan.
When the stones were decorated, the Aboriginal people hid their stones in a special places and would return regularly to look after and repaint the stones. Our stones are being stored in the Greg Willis Memorial Garden in our school. We will look after our stones in the same way as the Aboriginal people did.
Congratulations! Our production titled The Camera Boy Movie by 3S (2018) is a finalist in the 'Best Primary School Film Production' category!
The quality of this year's entries were outstanding. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 13 November. Please see the links below.
2019 Film By the Banks Festival
The following 2 films have been selected to be shown on the big screen as part of this years festival. We look forward to seeing our school at the matinee and premier on the 17th of October.
•My Headphones by Class KB
•Our New Best Buddy by Class 3S
Year 1 Public Speaking
Congratulations to the winners of the Year 1 Public Speaking Competition.
Year 5 and 6 Public Speaking
Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 Public Speaking Competition finalists.
Year 2 Georges River Education Centre Excursion
Year 2 visited Georges River Education Centre and Simmos Beach. They learnt about the importance of taking care of our environment especially around the water that leads into the Georges River catchment area.
Year 1 Auburn Botanic Gardens Excursion
On Thursday, Year 1 visited Auburn Botanic Gardens. They looked at the environment and discussed the built, managed and natural features. They were even lucky enough to see some kangaroos, emus and birds.
Kindergarten Symbio Wildlife Park
Kindergarten went to Symbio Wildlife Park on Friday 30th August. They enjoyed feeding and patting all the animals. Kindergarten had a great time regardless of the freezing cold conditions.
Cooking with Year 1
Avalon PS Band Visit
Thank you to the talented band from Avalon Public School. They put on a great show for students from Years 3-6.
Uniform Shop is OPEN from
8.30am—2.30pm Monday to Thursday
CLOSED from 12pm on Fridays
The Uniform Shop is located in the front office.
Cash Only and No Refunds are given
2019 STAFF LISTING
CHANGES TO BOOK CLUB ORDERING
We will no longer be collecting the money for any Scholastic Book Club orders at school. The catalogue's will still be sent home with your child. Then if you wish to order anything from the catalogue you will need to follow the steps below. Your order will then be delivered to the school and sent home with your child, as it has in the past.
Mini Lunch Packs
Not sure what to order for lunch? Why not try one of our mini lunch packs.
Each pack comes with
- Mini cupcake
- Mini fruit cup
- Mini chocolate or strawberry milk
- Mini jelly cup
Your choice of either
- Devil wing
- 2 chicken wings
- Dim sim
- Party pies
Each pack comes with a hot food option of your choice.
Each pack costs $6.00
Thank you, from the canteen staff.